Tour de Yorkshire: Stage 3

Alexander Kamp denies Chris Lawless in a photo finish in a sprint by the seaside at Scarborough on the third stage of the Tour de Yorkshire – British Conti teams rise to the occassion with great performances in lead group

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Tour de Yorkshire: Stage 3

Scarborough’s North Bay provided a dramatic finish location for the fifth year in succession, and as the waves crashed onto the coastline, a crescendo of noise also erupted as a vastly reduced peloton raced onto the closing straight.

It was Kamp (Riwal Readynez Cycling Team) and Chris Lawless (Team Ineos) that went toe-to-toe on the seafront, with Kamp emerging triumphant by less than half a wheel length. Lawless’s disappointment at being denied the win was quickly tempered however when it emerged he had moved into the overall race leader’s jersey sponsored by Yorkshire Bank. Although the duo are level on time, Lawless tops the standings on count back, with defending champion Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) just six seconds behind in third place overall.
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With the event moving into the weekend, the number of roadside spectators according to the police swelled to a whopping 660,00 people across the men’s and women’s races; incredible given the blustery conditions. Those fans were treated to a feast of world-class cycling as well with Marianne Vos (CCC Liv) romping to overall victory in the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s before Kamp followed in her tyre tracks.

Robert Scott (Team Wiggins) will wear the best climber’s jersey sponsored by LNER on Sunday’s final stage after a solid performance on today’s five categorised ascents, while Boy Van Poppel (Roompot – Charles) will keep the best sprinter’s jersey sponsored by Asda warm for Lawless as the Team Ineos rider tops both the points and general classification. John Archibold (Ribble Pro Cycling) meanwhile, will don the most active rider jersey sponsored by Dimension Data after he won a live Twitter poll at @letouryorkshire.

Stage winner Alexander Kamp said: “It was hard in the crosswinds but my team did a terrific job and I had some power left to finish it off at the end with a good sprint. I didn’t think too much and went with my instinct, and luckily I won. It was a fantastic victory and I’m in good shape so hopefully I can still be in contention tomorrow.”

Race leader Chris Lawless said: “I’m a bit disappointed about not winning the stage but it’s always nice to be leading the race and this is a bonus for us. Tomorrow is a hard stage and I’m going quite well but I’m a sprinter, not a climber, and we’ll have to see if it’s beyond what I can do. I’ll try my best to go until the end and we’ll see how it goes.”

Race Leader:  Chris Lawless

Most Aggressive: John Archibald
Points: Chris Lawless
Mountains: Rob Scott

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Stage 3
1 Alexander Kamp Riwal Readynez
2 Christopher Lawless Team Ineos
3 Greg Van Avermaet CCC Team
4 Rasmus Tiller Team Dimension Data
5 Scott Thwaites Vitus Pro Cycling
6 Owain Doull Team Ineos
7 Matthew Holmes Arctic Tacx RT
8 Andreas Stokbro Nielsen Riwal Readynez
9 Nick Van der Lijke Roompot – Charles
10 Jenthe Biermans Team Katusha – Alpecin
11 Chris Froome Team Ineos
12 Mark Christian Team Wiggins-Le Col
13 Connor Swift Madison – Genesis
14 Michal Golas Team Ineos
15 James Shaw SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
16 Edward Dunbar Team Ineos
17 Tom Jelte Slagter Team Dimension Data
18 Krister Hagen Riwal Readynez @ 6 secs
19 Emil Nygaard Vinjebo Riwal Readynez @ 8 secs
20 Michael Schär CCC Team @ 20 secs
23 Gabriel Cullaigh Team Wiggins-Le Col @ 1.43
25 Ian Stannard Team Ineos
30 Max Stedman Canyon DHB @ 2.54
36 Robert Scott Team Wiggins-Le Col
37 Ethan Hayter –
38 Jacob Scott SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
39 Alex Luhrs Ribble Pro Cycling
41 Isaac Mundy SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
48 James Fouche Team Wiggins-Le Col
49 Scott Auld Ribble Pro Cycling @ 4.03
50 Thomas Stewart Canyon DHB
55 Sean Flynn GB @ 7.33
57 Joey Walker Madison – Genesis
61 Andrew Tennant Canyon DHB
62 Michael Mottram Vitus Pro Cycling
63 Stephen Bradbury SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
65 Mark Cavendish Team Dimension Data @ 9.48
66 William Tidball Team Inspired
67 Charley Calvert GSC Blagnac Vélo Sport 31
69 Gruff Lewis Ribble Pro Cycling
70 Rick Zabel Team Katusha – Alpecin
77 Jacob Hennessy Canyon DHB @ 9.52
78 Harry Tanfield Team Katusha – Alpecin
79 Christopher McGlinchey Vitus Pro Cycling
83 Christopher Latham Vitus Pro Cycling
86 Adam Kenway Vitus Pro Cycling
87 Tristan Robbins SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
88 Daniel McLay EF Education First
89 Joe Nally Team Inspired
90 Richard Handley Madison – Genesis
91 Michael Cuming Madison – Genesis
92 Jonathan McEvoy Madison – Genesis
94 John Archibald Ribble Pro Cycling @ 12.50
95 Zeb Kyffin Ribble Pro Cycling @ 12.52
99 Peter Williams SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling @ 12.58
102 Graham Briggs Vitus Pro Cycling
103 Ian Bibby Madison – Genesis
105 George Wood SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling @14.06
107 Jacob Tipper Ribble Pro Cycling @ 17.05
108 Daniel Bigham Ribble Pro Cycling @22.10
109 Robert-Jon McCarthy Canyon DHB

General Classification after stage three
1. Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos 10:38:15
2. Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
3. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:06
4. Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 0:00:10
5. Scott Thwaites (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
6. Connor Swift, Madison Genesis
8. Owain Doull, Team Ineos
9. Eddie Dunbar, Team Ineos
11. James Shaw, Swift Carbon
12. Chris Froome, Team Ineos
14. Matt Holmes, Madison Genesis
15. Mark Christian, Team Wiggins LeCol


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